Cycle-oke raises over £6,000 in memory of National Foundation for Youth Music colleague

The cycle-oke team

The cycle-oke team - Credit: Archant

Three music charity workers held a unique cycle-oke event and raised over £6,000 in memory of their former colleague who tragically died last year from cancer, aged just 29.

Dougie Lonie, who lives in Shore Road, Homerton, along with three of his colleagues at the National Foundation for Youth Music wanted to raise the money which will fund music for children in hospital settings, as tribute to Hayley Hazelby who passed away after a 13-month battle against cancer.

Inspired by Hayley’s love of singing and cycling, on Sunday March 30 - a few days after what would have been her 30th birthday – over 20 of her colleagues followed a 50-mile route from her parents’ home in Shalford, Surrey to the Lucky Voice karaoke rooms in Upper Street, Islington.

Research and evaluation manger, Dougie Lonie, said: “Hayley was an inspirational person who had a positive impact on the lives of everyone she met.

“Although it was a tiring and emotional day, we also had great fun - in honour of Hayley’s approach to life.

We hope that the work undertaken with the money raised will be a fitting tribute to her, and are thrilled that we exceeded our initial target of £3,000.”

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